This week’s revelations based on the New England Journal of Medicine’s report that reduced consumption of sodium may positively impact on life expectancy has created a troubling sense of defensiveness in many kitchens. Specifically, the study notes the impact on future cardiovascular disease and the chronic conditions associated when sodium is reduced by a consistent amount – 1/2 teaspoon – and the data backs up this assertion.
The wide exposure of these results is the source of defensiveness by some individuals, because many people believe that moderate use of salt in cooking is reasonable and responsible. I agree with that assessment, but I think that people should use their position to bolster the results of this study and promote the fact that preparing fresh meals significantly decreases your exposure to sodium as a preservative rather than defending their right to salt to taste. Michael Ruhlman makes an effort today, but I still feels it falls short. People lucky enough to realize the healthy benefits of meals prepared with fresh ingredients need to spread the word without the elitist attitude.
People who know how processed food compares to fresh food need to be inclusive and support public health by changing perception that fresh meals aren’t a ton of work. Every day I drive past the neighborhood fast food joint and take note of the line for both counter and drive-through; there is always a line and the place is open 24 hours a day! When I see that line I just hope that people begin to wean themselves off the fast food and get familiar with fresh food. It is based on that idea that we launched this blog; simply as a place to index recipes where anyone can come through and search for a meal that sounds good. Weekday or weekend, you will be able to look here for recipes that fit the time you have while being wholesome and healthy.